The second week of March in Daytona Beach, Florida means only one thing, Bike Week! For the 79th year in a row, this town is invaded with steel horses and the streets rumble with the sounds of motorcycle exhaust pipes. The population of Daytona Beach grows by 500,000 people during this 10 day event. The large crowds enjoy drinking, motorcycle racing, the beach, people watching, and our favorite, Concerts!
All Music Magazine was on the scene at Main Street Station at The Historic Garage Bar Music Venue to cover Blandini on March 11, 2020. Jeff Blando plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals in Blandini when he isn’t touring with Slaughter or Vince Neil. He was joined by Paul Drennan of Orlando on bass guitar who has played with Dee Snyder, Mark Slaughter, and Vince Neil. Paul plays lead guitar regularly in the Orlando band Three Forks Road. On drums was another Orlando resident Will Hunt. Will was off from touring with Evanescence. Will has also played with Slaughter, Black Label Society, Staind, and Dark New Day.
Blandini plays covers from Dio to Led Zeppelin and always puts on a power packed show. This night was no different as the crowd danced and sang along to their favorite songs. The exciting thing about Blandini is you never know what special guest might be popping in and joining the band on stage. I have seen guitarist George Lynch from the metal band Dokken, and Zoltan Chaney a drummer who’s played with Slaughter, Vince Neil and Sabastian Bach. This powerful threesome also has a side project, Music Mob which does corporate events. they back up big-name front men like Vince Neil, Dee Snyder, and Mark Slaughter to play private parties. Whoever is on stage, this is an all-star lineup of great musicians playing in your face kickass rock-n-roll.
We were lucky to get the show in as two nights later the festivities was concluded because of the Corona Virus outbreak. Next year, the 80th Daytona Bike Week will be an event you don’t want to miss. Ten days of motorcycle races during the day, and multiple live music shows at multiple venues along Main Street. Daytona Beach sure knows how to throw a party! You can catch Blandini in Central Florida a couple of times a year when their schedules permit.
Jeff Blando – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Paul Drennan – Bass Guitar
Will Hunt – Drums
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